HANCEVILLE – Jesse Carroll's clutch RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning scored the go-ahead run and lefty Drew Bryson finished off Gadsden State in the ninth as Wallace State's baseball team earned a hard-fought 4-3 victory over Gadsden State and its ace Dana Wright on Thursday afternoon at James C. Bailey Stadium.
After Jake Eiland's two-run double helped Gadsden State score a pair of unearned runs in the top of the eighth to tie things, Wallace State answered back with its own rally.
Chase Mathis led off the inning with a single against Wright and was sacrificed to second by Davis Blair. Two batters later, Carroll laced the first pitch he saw up the middle to drive in the eventual winning run.
Bryson (5-1) pitched around a walk and a single in the ninth, earning a win in relief and sealing an important conference victory.
Jake Smith started for Wallace State (21-20, 9-10 Alabama Community College Conference) and allowed only one run on one hit in seven innings. He struck out six and walked eight.
Wallace State's offense forced Gadsden State's Wright into his worst outing of the year. He went the distance and was tagged for four runs on 11 hits, while striking out six and hitting two batters. Wright entered with a 6-1 record and a 1.06 ERA in 10 starts.
Mathis finished 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, Braten Dill was 2-for-4, Cody Jones was 2-for-4 with a run scored, Blair had a double and two sacrifice bunts, Carroll and Brad Clay each contributed a single and an RBI and Otwell added a single.
For Gadsden State (16-23, 11-9 ACCC), Blake Bailey and Matt Parrigan each had run-scoring singles.
The teams resume their conference three-game set on Saturday with a pair of games beginning at 3 p.m.
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